UAAP suspends referees in controversial DLSU-Adamson match-up

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 21, 2017 09:51 AM
UAAP suspends referees in controversial DLSU-Adamson match
IMMEDIATE ACTION. The UAAP wasted no time in taking action after the controversial matchup between DLSU and Adamson.

Even before Adamson University lodged a complaint, the UAAP already meted out disciplinary action on its referees.

Replying to the Soaring Falcons’ protest/complaint letter, league executive director Atty. Rebo Saguisag said, “First off, you are not alone. I called for an emergency meeting the very next day to address the seeming public outrage over said game.”

The San Marcelino-based school earlier filed a protest/complaint on what it deemed to be “unfair and biased” officiating in their matchup against De La Salle University last Saturday.

They are asking for an official review of how referees called the game which eventually ended in an 82-75 win for DLSU.

Adamson, as well as much of social media, was unhappy with officiating for the entire game.

“This is the worst (officiating),” head coach Franz Pumaren said post-game as they were called for 33 fouls compared to their opponents’ 12.

Moreover, the Soaring Falcons only had five free throws, making three, while their opponents were awarded 39, making good on 27.

Saguisag said that right in the aftermath of the controversial game, the league meted out disciplinary action on the referees Enan Alejo, Ian Borbe, and Mollie de Luna. “While we are still in the process of evaluating the whole game together with the statistics, the officials that worked your game were immediately suspended,” he said in his reply.

He also added, “(Two of them were also) strongly recommended for being banned for the rest of the season, if only to preserve public confidence in our league.”

In the end, the executive director said the UAAP shares Adamson’s desire for “objective, fair, and impartial officiating all in the name of a decent game.”

For its part, DLSU said that the referees were consistent throughout the match.

Talking about Kib Montalbo’s tight defense on Adamson’s Jerrick Ahanmisi, head coach Aldin Ayo said post-game, “I told the boys to return the favor because they (Adamson) kept on bumping us for the whole first half and the referees are allowing it. I told the boys na since they (referees) are not calling it, ibato rin natin sa kanila (Adamson).”

He then continued, “Good thing the referees were consistent.”

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